Juneteenth

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January 1, 1863 — The Emancipation Proclamation was an order issued by President Abraham Lincoln to free all enslaved individuals in the Confederate States. The proclamation states: "That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State…shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free…” Read the full proclamation


June 19, 1865 — United States federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take control of the state and free all enslaved individuals. Texas was the last state to have enslaved people freed. “Juneteenth” celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. Learn more about Juneteenth.

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